Thursday, 11 October 2018

Where Flowers Bloom

Good Evening. I thought I was just addicted to cake and chocolate but I am addicted to the Fresh Cut Picot dies, paper flower embellishments (https://claritystamp.com/search?type=product&q=paper+flowers) and the floral moon groovi plate. I cannot stop using these on everything. And I used the parchlet plates ... Again!


These are the Picot Dies & Groovi plates I used:
- Alphabet A5 Square Groovi Plate Mate
- Alphabet and Numbers A4 Square Groovi Plate Mate
A6 Square Groovi Plate Inset
- Fresh Cut Dies - Nested squares, Nested Circles
- Nested squares picot outlines (GRO-PA-41035-15)
- Nested circles picot outlines (GRO-PA-41069-15)
- Tina's Daisy Flowers Parchlet (GRO-FL-40972-01)
- Tina’s Wild Flowers Parchlet (GRO-FL-40974-01)
- Floral Moon (GRO-FL-40446-03)
- Flower Rounds Groovi Go! Safer Plate (GRO-FL-41027-20)

1.)  On soft tone blue parchment, with the cutting side of the picot die down on the matt side of the parchment, cut the largest square. On regular parchment, cut the circle using the 3rd from outside die and a window using 3rd from inside picot die.

2.) On the back, attach the parchment to the corresponding Groovi plate and emboss the double outlines for the square and circle.

3.) To emboss the circles inside the window on the blue parchment, attach the round piece on the blue parchment on the front, turn the work over to the back and emboss the double outlines.

4.) On the blue parchment, emboss the parchlet designs in the corners and along the sides of the square and the words in the window. On the regular parchment, emboss the floral moon design around the circle.

5.) On the back, colour using the Perga Colours Exclusive pens and on the front paint gold dots using the Kuretake gold mica paste (https://claritystamp.com/products/gold-mica-paste-30g?variant=32378516289).

6.) Layer and mount the pieces onto regular parchment and white card using brads and stick this on 7"x7" folded white card. Stick the paper flowers around the window. I used didi glue dots but Silicone glue would work too. If you use a lot of flowers, a wet glue will make the parchment buckle but if you were using only a few flowers, a teeny tiny amount of Perga Glue would be fine.


I hope you enjoyed today's project and looking forward to seeing everyone's creations using the dies, paper flowers and any of the other products which are all available from https://claritystamp.com.

Take care. Enjoy.

Love and laughter
Tina

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Stencil and Groovi Meet

Good morning. How is everyone? It has turned really cold in the last few days so I'm finding it hard to sleep at night as my bones really don't like the cold. I think I may need to invest in an electric blanket.  At mum's, we have the roofers doing some work in her conservatory as it was leaking (a bit closer to raining indoors every time it rained). So the whole roof came off last week (still no roof) to be replaced. Not the best timing as it poured over the weekend and as much as they tried to protect us from rain, it rained still inside.

Yesterday I went to the East Northants Groovi Group which is organised on one Saturday and one Thursday each month by Rosalind Mclellan and Lynda Hidderley at Colemans Craft Warehouse in Rushden. We take our own projects we want to work on, help one another, chat, giggle, drink tea/coffee, eat chocolate, eat cake (made by Jean Page Burt - Thank you Jean, it was so yummy) and yesterday there was homemade ice cream too by Ros (Thank you Ros. I'm drawing up a list of flavours I would like so its easier for you each month). It was so lovely to meet up with everyone in such a relaxed fun way and cannot wait till next month for all the hugs, cake and ice cream. If you are in the area it is so worth popping in and for dates you can request to Ros to add you to the group page on Facebook .

I have to be honest, I spent most of my time there chatting and distracting everyone and I am glad everyone there loves me enough to not mind. Lol. I had started a card with an idea a few weeks ago and was working on it 5mins here, 5 mins there so was determined to get it finished while I was there. I have taken as many photos as I could remember to take. It is a combination of using a stencil and various Groovi plates.


Groovi Plates Used:
Nested Squares Picot Cut Die & Groovi Plate Set (ACC-DI-30698-66)
Trellis Stencil 9"x11" (STE-PA-00027-91)
Floral Moon (GRO-FL-40446-03)
Tina's Morning Glory Flowers Parchlet (GRO-FL-40969-01)
Nested Scallops Circles (GRO-PA-40558-03)
Straight Basic Grid (GRO-GG-40202-12)

1.) Using the picot nested squares Fresh Cut die, cut the largest square frame and 3rd from inside square frame on regular parchment and emboss the corresponding squares from the Groovi plate.

2.) On the back of the large square, lay the stencil on top of the parchment and using masking tape, mask around the inside square outline. Using the artistry ink and clarity brush, dry brush the colour over the parchment.

This is what it looked like once the masking tape was removed.

3.) While the ink is drying on the large square, I embossed the parchlet from the morning glory plate on the small square.

4.) From the front, deboss the 2nd from inside double circle outlines from the nested scallops circles plate.

5.) On the back, over the straight basic grid, emboss dots between the double set of squares.

6.) On the back, emboss the circles in the little flowers and colour the little flowers and leaves using Perga Colours Exclusive pens. Colour the gem on the front (see below on how to) with Perga Liner B pencils. Deboss between the double circle outlines around the gem. By debossing it gives the illusion the gem is popping out of the parchment. Add a little sparkle on the circles using Pergamano sticky ink, mapping pen and Perga glitter.

Here is how I do my gems on parchment and everyone has a different way of doing them. Look up on YouTube for different ways of colouring gems. By reading lots of blurb on google about uploading a pdf on here I have tried to upload the file for you to download and print if you wish but not sure it has worked so I'm attaching a photo of it even though it is small. Click on this link and hopefully you can view it and download it.

On my gem above, I have not added cracks so it is optional. If  you do not have the Derwent blender and burnisher pencils, you can use your Pergamano Perga Liner B pencils and blend the colours using the blending nibs and Dorso oil to give the gems a smooth finish. I mounted the parchlet piece on northern lights designer paper, white card and black card using brads.

7.) Going back to the large square, emboss the floral moon design on the back in the coloured stencil sections.

8.) On the back, emboss the circles and colour the flowers and leaves using Perga Colours Exclusive pens. Add a little sparkle on the circles using Pergamano sticky ink, mapping pen and Perga glitter.

9.) To finish, mount the large square on northern lights designer paper, white card and black card using brads and stick this on 8"x8" folded white card. Stick the parchlet piece in the centre using 3D foam pads.

I really enjoyed creating this one and as it gave me a chance to play with the stencil that I've had for a couple of years but never used. If you liked seeing this card using a stencil and Groovi plates, here is a slightly different way of using the 2 together. https://butterfliesandglitterwithtinacox.blogspot.com/2017/01/groovi-with-jos-flower-stencil.html

Off to have some breakfast and do some design work ... and try and warm up.

Take Care. Enjoy.

Love and laughter
Tina

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Pretty Pink Parchlet

Hiya. Today I was on a mission to finish prepping for the Hochanda show next week on Thursday, type up the producer notes and the instructions for the sample cards I have done without any excuses. I love creating artwork but don't like doing instructions ... Actually I hate doing anything that needs me to write words. My arm has been really sore and has been for a few weeks now, probably from moving the things from my my place to my mum's. It took me 2mths to finish sorting everything out and empty my property. It was such a relief when I emptied the last few things. I am beginning to feel I am falling behind on everything I need to get done so I was determined to sit down, focus and work.

And then, along the way, I got distracted and ended up creating a parchlet. A pretty little thing that took less than half hour. The camera on my phone is playing up so it was really hard to take proper step by step photos so if they are blurry, sorry. This is what I made.


Groovi Plates Used:
Nested Squares Picot Cut Die & Groovi Plate Set (ACC-DI-30698-66)
Tina's Wildflower Parchlet (GRO-FL-40974-01)
Straight Pattern Border No.1 Grid (GRO-GG-40350-14)

1.) Emboss the double square outlines and part of the floral design from the wildflower parchlet plate using the Pergamano 1mm tool (or groovi no.1).

2.) From the nested squares picot outlines plate, emboss the smallest double square outlines in the centre using the Pergamano 1mm tool (or groovi no.1) and the zig zag with a Pergamano stylus 0.5mm (or groovi no.1).

3.) Over the straight pattern border grid no.1 plate, emboss the top row of dots from the 2nd border using the Pergamano 1.5mm tool (or groovi no.2). 

 4.) Emboss crosses between the dots using the Pergamano stylus 0.5mm.

5.) Emboss fine veins in the flower petals and the zig zag from the nested squares picot outlines plate in the corners between the floral design and the outside squares using the Pergamano stylus 0.5mm. Colour on the back using Perga Colours Exclusive pens. Cut the piece just outside the square.

 6.) Using the picot nested squares Fresh Cut die, cut the 3rd from inside square frame from pink parchment. Mount the worked regular parchment piece on the picot cut pink parchment, white and black card using brads. Mount a blossom pink paper flower in the centre using a brad. Stick this whole piece on 4"x4" folded white card.


I guess I better get on with my 'To finish today' list as play time is over. All products available at https://claritystamp.com

Take Care. Enjoy.

Love and Laughter
Tina

Friday, 7 September 2018

Snowflake Parchlet

Good Morning. Who is coming to Leyburn tomorrow? I am so excited because I get to spend the whole day with friends, demo, eat lots of sweets and chocolate and get to be in the happiest place for the day. This week has been quite a roller coaster week with lots of downs but the ups definitely more than made up for the downs thanks to the love, support and encouragement from all my friends on FB. All the more reason to look forward to tomorrow.

One of the things I did to find the happy me (other than eat tons of chocolate) is create this parchlet and actually remembered to take step by step photos ... Lots of photos!


Groovi Plates Used:
Nested Squares Picot Cut Die & Groovi Plate Set (ACC-DI-30698-66)
Tina's Christmas Baubles (GRO-CH-41009-15)
Small Snowflake Duet Plate & Grid Set (GRO-GG-40762-XX)
Diagonal Pattern No.1 Grid (GRO-GG-40354-14)

All products available at https://claritystamp.com

1.) Using the nested squares picot cut die, cut the 3rd from inside square and using the corresponding Groovi plate, emboss the double square outlines. If you don't have the die/Groovi set, you can use the 4th from inside double square outlines from the nested scallops squares (GRO-PA-40573-03) which will give you a slightly larger square and using the 2-needle perforating tool and scissors, it can be cut out at the end.

2.) Emboss the bauble inside the square.

3.) Emboss the snowflake from the snowflake outline plate inside the bauble.

4.) Emboss the dots inside the snowflake from the corresponding snowflake on the snowflake grid plate.

5.) Emboss the circles and the bow.

6.) Still on the back, using the Perga Liner B pencil, colour the area between bauble and the snowflake and between the double square outlines.

7.) Blend the colouring using a blending nib and Dorso oil for a smooth finish.

8.) Over the diagonal pattern grid, emboss the dots of the border on either side of the bauble.

9.) Turn the parchment to the front, line up the dots over the same border on the plate and perforate the holes inside the border (left side of the photo) and picot cut between all the perforations (right side of the photo). I love how the hexagon perforations fall out as stars when picot cut.

10.) To finish, layer and mount the work on black and white card using brads and stick this on folded white card. Add a little sparkle using Perga Glitter, mapping pen and Perga Glitter.


I love doing parchlets because they are quick and fun. Great for practicing various techniques on too. If you want more parchlet inspiration, why not join us on the Parchlet Treasures FB group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/366959417034268/?ref=bookmarks

Looking forward to meeting everyone coming to Leyburn tomorrow.

Take care. Enjoy.

Love and Laughter
Tina

Friday, 31 August 2018

Doodle Wreath with 3D Flower

Good Morning. I have a date with my babies today.

I'm off with Meg for college enrolment and then shopping before she starts next week. She is going to be doing a one year Foundation Course in Art and Design which is a diagnostic route to figure out what she may want to do study at university and do in the creative world.

Dylan starts in a couple of weeks at University of Nottingham to study Computer Science. He has decided to come along. It will be so nice to spend a few hours with my babies before they both get busy with what they need to do from next week. Last night they both came up to my room (well technically my sister's room which I'm using temporarily) after dinner and ice-cream and spent a long time just talking and laughing amongst themselves. Definitely the sound of happiness.

Anyway, I have to go so here are the steps for the afternoon demo I did yesterday on Hochanda at 3pm for this card ...


These are the Groovi plates I used:
- Alphabet A5 Square Groovi Plate Mate
- Groovi Plate Mate for Border Plates
- Alphabet and Numbers A4 Square Groovi Plate Mate
- Nested Squares Extension (GRO-WO-40538-15)
- Tina’s Floral Doodle Wreath (GRO-FL-40830-03)
- Tina’s Rosie Doodle Wreath (GRO-FL-40831-03)
- Tina’s Rosie Doodle Border (GRO-FL-40832-09)
- Tina’s 3D Flowers and Butterflies (GRO-FL-40553-15)

1.) Emboss the frame from the nested squares extension plate using the Groovi or Pergamano no.1 embossing tool.

2.) From the rosie doodle wreath plate, emboss the wreath in the middle of the frame.

3.) From the floral doodle wreath plate, emboss the corner design inside frame corners.

4.) Emboss the border design in the 4 sections of the frame from the rosie doodle border plate.

5.) On the back, colour the floral designs and between the double outlines of the frame using Perga Colours Exclusive pens. Colour the section between the inside square and outside wreath circle and inside the small circle with Perga Liner B pencil and blend using a blending nib and Dorso oil.

 6.) On a spare piece of parchment, emboss 3 large, 3 medium and 1 small flower. Colour the small flower on the back using Perga Colours Exclusive. 

7.) On the front, using the 2-needle bold perforating tool, perforate the section between the border design and the frame and outside the main square and outside all the 3D flower elements. Picot cut between all the perforations (Ooops forgot the photo of the step ... again).
Layer and mount the work on Rainbow River designer paper and white card using brads. Layer the 3D flower elements and attach it in the middle of the small circle using a brad and stick this whole piece on 8”x8” folded white card.


Tomorrow don't forget to watch Barbara on Hochanda at 10am and 2pm ... Celebrating Claritystamp Ltd 25th Anniversary. On Sunday, Barbara is back on Hochanda between 2-4pm followed by Linda and Paul taking over at 6pm and 8pm on Sunday and on Monday at 9am, 1am and 5pm with the really exciting One Day Special which is the most brilliantly clever idea in the parchment world. There will be lots of ideas and inspirational treats from the design team. It is a really exciting weekend for Clarity and hope everyone can join in with the celebrations.

P.S. Meg hates shopping and Dylan loves shopping ... Wish me luck!!!

Take care. Enjoy.

Love and Laughter
Tina

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Doodle Wreath Plates and Thank You

Hiya. I can't believe my last step by step blog piece I did was May 2017. How did time run away so fast? I am (yes, once again) going to try revive this blog ... I hope ... Maybe ... Let's just leave it at 'We will see ...'

By the way why is it called a 'blog'? I have lost count the number of times I've typed 'blob' instead of 'blog'. Is it short for something? I should google search it I guess.

Thank you so much everyone who tuned in to watch the shows on Hochanda and who purchased the Groovi plates, iibooks, tools plus more. A massive thank you to TeamClarity and the awesome Design Team who create the most amazing samples for all the Claritystamp shows. Thank you to Charlie, Hayley and the Hochanda team for today.

For the 11am show, we created this card...


Step by Step for the card ...

These are the Groovi plates I used:
- Alphabet A5 Square Groovi Plate Mate
- Groovi Plate Mate for Border Plates
- A5 Nested Squares (GRO-PA-40037-03)
- Tina’s Floral Doodle Wreath (GRO-FL-40830-03)
- Tina’s Rosie Doodle Wreath (GRO-FL-40831-03)
- Tina’s Floral Doodle Border (GRO-FL-40833-09)

1.) Over the nested squares plate, emboss the 1st square from the outside and the 5th and 6th squares from the inside using the Groovi or Pergamano no.1 embossing tool. From the floral doodle wreath plate, emboss the floral wreath and circles in diagonal corners.

2.) Emboss the same wreath and circles in the opposite diagonal corners.

3.) Emboss the corner designs from the rosie doodle wreath plate in the corners outside the middle square and the corners inside the outside square.

4.) From the floral doodle border plate, emboss part of the border inside the top and bottom of the small square.

5.) Emboss the words 'Thank you'  inside the square between the border designs from the A5 square plate mate. The photo below is what the words look like on the back as you emboss. I always emboss the letters out on a scrap piece of parchment to work out the spacing that I can then use as a template for the main piece.

6.) From the back, colour the floral designs and letters using Perga Colours Exclusive pens. The photo below is with the back facing up and as you can see I have gone over the white lines in a number of places but it does not matter as on the front, those embossed lines will still be white. Colour the section between the small square and the middle square and the space between outside circles and the outer square with Perga Colour B pencil and blend using a blending nib and Dorso oil.

7.) From the front, using the 2-needle bold perforating tool, perforate the section between the outside middle square and inside inner wreath circle and outside the main square. Picot cut between all the perforations. Sorry I forgot to take a photo of the step but here is a larger image of the finished card to show where to perforate and cut.
Layer and mount the work on Northern Lights designer paper and white card using brads and stick this on 7”x7” folded white card.


Tomorrow I will blog the step by steps for the demo I did in the afternoon 3pm show. Off to bed ... after ice-cream and some time with my babies.

Take care. Enjoy.

Love and Laughter
Tina